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By Erin Carlson Mast With opening only a couple short weeks away, finishing touches are being completed on the interior of President Lincoln’s Cottage. Yesterday, The Gfroerer Company completed hand-stitched binding and installation of woven cocoa matting in the library and drawing room.
By Donald W. Linebaugh, Ph.D. With Contributions by: Jonathon Pliska and Amy Bolasky In the late 1850s, the U.S. Government took the bold step of installing what was then the latest in lighting technology, a portable gas lighting system, on the campus of the Military Asylum (renamed the Soldiers’ Home in 1858, and now known as the Armed Forces Retirement …
by Erin Carlson Mast President Lincoln’s Cottage was outfitted with a bell pull system by the time the Lincolns came to live there in the 1860s. Last October evidence of the bell system was uncovered in the Cottage. Additional evidence of the old system – pipes in which the pull wires ran – was found two weeks later during ongoing …
By Matt Ringelstetter Since the 1960’s, more and more attention has been placed on interpreting landscapes as historically and culturally rich in their own right—not just as attractive picture frames for preserved buildings.For this reason, historic sites have paid greater attention to recreating their landscapes in a fashion accurate to the time period they wish to represent. Old Location – …
In the summer of 2003, the Lincoln Cottage preservation team undertook a project to disassemble and salvage the porch facing the South Lawn of the property. The following notes from the preservation journal give a great example of some of the work that has been done to restore the character of the Cottage to Lincoln’s time: “Prior to the start …